For the latest release by American producer/musician Todd Tobias (Massabu Evening Entertainments), we did something special. A mysterious band is credited on the sleeve of the album, Combo Qasam. This band did not exist. A couple of Lost Bear and Rogue Minor band members then decided to bring this band to life and play the songs from the album.
Todd Tobias also wrote a pamphlet, talking about a DIY Fun Movement: get away from your screens and out of prefab discos, and create your own fun. The music and the pamphlet did create a special DIY Fun vibe on the three shows Combo Qasam played, in OCCII (Amsterdam), Worm (Rotterdam) and Studio Patrick (Utrecht). On the last night (the most successful expression of DIY Fun), there was a reviewer of 3voor12/Utrecht who wrote a very thoughtful piece with some beautiful photos. Read it here: https://bit.ly/2pSZaJb.
We also shot video material of the show. Get a sense of what was going on here:
Holy shit! That was a good one, yesterday at the Vondelbunker in Amsterdam. Three bands, who are releasing stuff on Tiny Room Records, were playing magical shows in a mouldy room without toilets. Gotta love the DIY.
Some nice words appeared in journaworld:
WoNoBloG: “adventurous and capable of writing and playing great rocksongs”
In De Ban Van: “exactly what was missing in my life”
(5 out of 5 stars)
Musicmaker: “a perfect fit for adolescents and kids from the 90s”
3voor12 Utrecht wrote a review of Not Another Festival in dB’s, where the release party of Sven Agaath also took place. Read it here. Of course we have some live footage too, of this first show with a bass player. Rock out below:
The press is treating the new Queen of the Meadow album very well. Thank you all for these kind words! Last week, another awesome review appeared on Krenten Uit de Pop as well as in the latest OOR:
We did our best collecting (and translating) these opinions. Below you’ll find 12 separate reasons (from people with authority) why you should buy Aligned With Juniper on our Bandcamp page.
OOR: “enchanting acoustic songs”
Caleidoscoop: “an incredible dream debut”
Krenten Uit De Pop: “extremely charming pop songs”
Hifi: “endearing and addictive”
Music Won’t Save You: “Aligned With Juniper is the epitome of immediacy and spontaneity”
Ingeplugd: “the rare flower among all the others in the meadow”
ProgLog Afterglow: “beautiful, frail compositions with fragile vocals”
Rudolfs Music: “a special and intimate album with folk music in its purest form”
Here Comes The Flood: “songs that are both soothing and confident”
Written In Music: “the contradiction in sound, emotion and lyrics makes this album special and versatile” – 4.5/5 stars
Peek-A-Boo: “a strong debut” – 8/10 stars
In De Ban Van: 4/5 stars
The release of Master Solo’s Not So Solo last weekend in Theater Kikker (where The Fire Harvest and Black Oak also presented their new albums) was magical. Thank you all for coming to this very special show. A big thank you to Mark as well, for breathing new life into this awesome project one final time. Read a review (in Dutch) on 3voor12/Utrecht here. Video up now too:
Over and out. We had so much fun at Tiny Shark Art Attack (in collaboration with the lovely people from Sharksomeness Bookings and Vera Groningen ArtDivision) during Eurosonic. Thank you all for coming, dear friends. And thanks to all the bands for playing their beautiful songs. We are proud, satisfied and exhausted. So much fun to celebrate great music with all you beautiful people. And very much looking forward to next year!
Florian von Besser took some amazing photos of our little gathering! Click here to see ’em all.
Louder Than War wrote about Lost Bear: “[…] whose new tracks sounded like a fabulously “emo” mix of Diamond Dogs-era Bowie, a proggy Small Faces and Do The Collapse-era Guided By Voices. To wit; a soulful and clever rock band with enough self depreciation to keep any stadium nonsense at bay. They rocked out in the basement of the famous old Vera club, the chiming chords and brilliant harmonies bouncing off the low ceiling and the sleepy audience (it was just 2pm after all) nodding along, shaking the loose wax out of their ears.”
3voor12/Groningen also wrote a niece piece in Dutch about the programme on Thursday. About This Leo Sunrise: “[…] blijkt het hoogtepunt van de middag. De groep uit Utrecht combineert zware, onheilspellende ritmes met lichtvoetige viool. Dit samenspel zorgt voor onverwachte, maar erg prettige wendingen. […] Op sommige momenten speelt This Leo Sunrise snoeihard, even later is het zo stil dat je de kruk van drummer Chris Müller kunt horen kraken. De afwisseling zorgt voor een aangenaam en uitgebalanceerd optreden. Kortom: deze formatie uit het midden van het land staat als een huis.”
The press has been very positive about Sven Agaath’s debut album, Simple Field Calculator. After reading these quotes, I’m sure you want to buy the record now, and/or book the band. Not yet convinced? Listen for yourself on Bandcamp!
Here Comes The Flood – “the album will be considered as a cult classic in the near future” Luifabriek – “an enormously adventurous and danceable noise rock album” Kindamuzik – “shoegaton is fun” Incendiary Magazine – “Kiss pretending to be Mercury Rev back in the day when they used to be lunatics” Festivalinfo – “this album can only make you incredibly happy” Mpodia – “the desire to experiment brings the best surprises”
The first reviews for Sven Agaath’s debut Simple Field Calculator have been very positive. That’s cool! Read ’em here:
Here Comes The Flood – “the album will be considered as a cult classic in the near future” Luifabriek – “an enormously adventurous and danceable noise rock album” Kindamuzik – “shoegaton is fun!” Incendiary Magazine – “Kiss pretending to be Mercury Rev back in the day when they used to be lunatics”